The World XI’s tour of militancy-racked Pakistan is considered more than just a game of cricket, with captain Faf du Plessis and coach Andy Flower hoping to play their parts in reviving international cricket in the country.
South Africa’s du Plessis told reporters in Lahore that it was a “huge honour” to be playing the high-profile event in cricket-mad Pakistan after a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.
Gadaffi Stadium is all set to witness this epic encounter under tight security. Over 9,000 police & paramilitary staff is on duty at both hotel & stadium.
Pakistan welcomed this series with both hands & made it a trending topic on Twitter :
Big day for cricket lovers in Pakistan. Hope the situation allows more teams to play there. Home cricket always has a different buzz.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 12, 2017
Heading to the heart of the nation for what we anticipate to be an epic rebirth of our country's beloved sport- Cricket! #CricketComesHome
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 11, 2017
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) September 10, 2017
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 11, 2017
Am really excited to see again intl cricket after very long period of time in our beloved country.
Show the world that v r gr8 host.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 12, 2017
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 11, 2017
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 12, 2017
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) September 10, 2017